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Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists

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List of famous abstract expressionism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the abstract expressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. You might also be interested in famous post-impressionist artists and famous rococo artists. These notable abstract expressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best abstract expressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

List ranges from Jackson Pollock to Jasper Johns, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous abstract expressionism artists?" and "Who are the best abstract expressionism artists?"

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  • Paul Jackson Pollock (; January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was widely noticed for his technique of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface (‘drip technique’), enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. It was also called ‘action painting’, since he used the force of his whole body to paint, often in a frenetic dancing style. This extreme form of abstraction divided the critics: some praised the immediacy and fluency of the creation, while others derided the random effects. In 2016, Pollock's painting titled Number 17A was reported to have fetched US $200...  more
    • Artworks: No. 5, 1948, Untitled, Bird, Stenographic Figure
    • Birthplace: Cody, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists....  more
    • Artworks: Green and Maroon, Ochre and Red on Red, Orange and Red on Red, Green and Tangerine on Red, No. 10
    • Birthplace: Europe, Latvia, Northern Europe, Daugavpils, Baltic states
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Joan Mitchell (February 12, 1925 – October 30, 1992) was an American "second generation" abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. She was a member of the American abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her career took place in France. Along with Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler, Shirley Jaffe, Elaine de Kooning, and Sonia Gechtoff, she was one of her era's few female painters to gain critical and public acclaim. Her paintings and editioned prints can be seen in major museums and collections across the United States and Europe....  more
    • Artworks: Ladybug, Untitled, No Rain, Untitled, Untitled
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011) was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades (early 1950s until 2011), she spanned several generations of abstract painters while continuing to produce vital and ever-changing new work. Frankenthaler began exhibiting her large-scale abstract expressionist paintings in contemporary museums and galleries in the early 1950s. She was included in the 1964 Post-Painterly Abstraction exhibition curated by Clement Greenberg that introduced a newer generation of abstract painting that came to be known as Color Field....  more
    • Artworks: Interior Landscape, Jacob's Ladder, Chairman of the Board
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Post-painterly abstraction, Lyrical abstraction
    • Art Forms: Painting
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